Greene County could have two new supervisors: Where will they lead it?

By Susan Gibbs

On Tuesday, November 5 Greene County voters will go to the polls to pick one new supervisor—and perhaps two.

Chairman of the Greene County Board of Supervisors Jim Frydl, who represents the Midway District on the board, is being challenged for his seat by Steve Keene.

Both Frydl and Keene have been Ruckersville residents for about 20 years.

Frydl, who ran unopposed for the seat of the late Jeri Allen after she announced that she would be retiring in 2009, sells groundwater remediation systems for Mid-Atlantic Environmental Equipment, Inc.

Keene is a former Virginia State Trooper and investigator who is now the sole proprietor of Virginia Justice & Safety Associates and serves as program manager of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office Planning and Programs Division, have been residents of Ruckersville for about 20 years.

With the pending retirement of Clarence “Buggs” Peyton, who has occupied the Stanardsville seat on the Greene County Board of Supervisors for the past eight years, Bill Martin, a former member of the United States Foreign Service Diplomatic Corps now selling real estate, and Patsy Morris, a Stanardsville Post Office employee who is a former Greene County At Large supervisor.

Eye on Greene would like to know some specifics about what their plans are for Greene County, if elected.

In the past candidates for the Board have been asked if they support economic development for the county, and all candidates have replied in the positive.

But in recent years no in-depth responses have been requested of them—or offered by them.

Now, with the good news from Washington being that the effect that the federal government shutdown will have on economic growth should be smaller than analysts have been estimating—as long as the dispute over raising the debt ceiling does not last long enough to cause a default on the U.S. government’s obligations—and Greene County raising taxes and dipping into the general fund to pay its bills, Eye on Greene would like some real answers to hard questions.

Last August, shortly after he announced his decision not to run for re-election, Peyton told Eye on Greene he is concerned for the county’s future. In an August 11 post titled “Retiring supervisor expresses concern for county’s future” he said he is concerned about the county’s rising tax rate, a stream of federal and state mandates that are draining the county’s coffers, and the projected decline in the number of Greene County senior residents due to a lack of appropriate housing.

Now, Eye on Greene would like the candidates—as well as the sitting supervisors—to address the same issues, while looking at Greene County as a business that needs to be managed, especially during these rocky times.

The following questions have been sent to all:

1)      What are the economic challenges now facing Greene County taxpayers?

2)      Where do the best opportunities for economic development—that will bring relief to taxpayers—lie?

3)      Who are our competitors for these opportunities?

4)      How would you reshape the county and its products and services to compete in the new economic environment?

5)      What steps would you take to achieve those changes?

6)      How soon would you take those steps?

Responses will be published no later than Saturday, October 19 on this Web site.

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